Friday, January 30, 2009

Our Favourite Albums of 2008

It's been a few months since we've posted anything on this blog, and to be honest, I was about ready to pull the plug on the whole thing. Film Junk has kind of become the focus of our blogging efforts, and it seems like MP3 blogs in general are kind of a dying breed since even a lot of the indie bands are now actively blocking sites from sharing their music (which they are obviously well within their rights to do).

That said, we were looking for a place to post our Top 10 Albums of 2008 and this just seemed like the logical place. I will include links to legal MP3s and album streams where possible. Zak may also add his own list to this post at some point. Stay tuned for more info about the future of this site and our Muzak for Cybernetics Mixtape podcasts.

P.S. I realize we're like a month late on this, but hey, it won't be February until tomorrow, so technically I think we're still allowed to blog about 2008 for at least a few more hours.


10. The Dodos - Visiter
» MP3: Jodi

9. Sigur Ros - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
» MP3: Gobbledigook

8. Apes and Androids - Blood Moon
» MP3: Nights of the Week

7. The School of Language - Sea From Shore
» MP3: Rockist Part 1

6. PAS/CAL - I Was Raised on Matthew, Mark, Luke and Laura
» MP3: Glorious Ballad of the Ignored

5. Welcome Wagon - Welcome To The Welcome Wagon
» MP3: Sold! To The Nice Rich Man

4. Girl Talk - Feed The Animals
» MP3: Shut The Club Down

3. Vampire Weekend - s/t
» MP3: Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa

2. TV On The Radio - Dear Science
» Album Stream: MySpace

1. Ratatat - LP3
» MP3: Mirando


10. Midnight Juggernauts - Dystopia
» YouTube: Shadows

9. Wilderness - (K)no(w)here
» MP3: Strand the Test of Time

8. M83 - Saturdays=Youth
» YouTube: Graveyard Girl

7. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
» MP3: Time to Pretend

6. Love is All - A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night
» MP3: Wishing Well

5. Marnie Stern - This Is It & I Am It & You Are It & So Is That & He Is It & She Is It & It Is It & That Is That
» MP3: Transformer

4. David Byrne and Brian Eno - Everything that Happens Will Happen Today
» MP3: Strange Overtones

3. Lykke Li - Youth Novels
» MP3: Dance Dance Dance

2. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
» MP3: Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa

1. TV on the Radio - Dear Science
» Album Stream: MySpace

Honourable Mentions:

No Age - Nouns
Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours
Deerhoof - Offend Maggie
The Walkmen - You & me
The Mae Shi - Hlllyh
Coconot - Cosa Astral
Destroyer - Trouble in Dreams
El Guincho - Alegranza
King Khan & The Shrines - The Supreme Genius Of
New Order Catalogue Re-issues


We here at Film Junk love lists. All kinds of lists. Top Ten Films of the Year lists, Top Ten Viral Videos of the Year lists, grocery lists, Schindler’s List, Franz Liszt…whatever list you want…we will do. During the year end 200th episode bash there were some requests made to me to put out a list of the best music of 2008. Yeah, I have 10 plus years of experience in the music industry, but who the fuck am I to tell you what the ‘best’ albums of 2008 were? I’m nowhere near that arrogant or pretentious. So, this is a list of my 10 favourite albums of 2008. It’s what I liked the most. Everyone has their own idea of which music is good, so I would encourage you to share albums that you think are good, instead of telling me that my choices are lame. Any idiot can do that. I’m more than willing to have my eyes opened to new music.

So, here we go.

10: AC/DC – Black Ice. It’s an AC/DC album. What do you expect? After 20 years they still know how to make a fun record of bluesy rock songs. » YouTube: Rock n Roll Train

9: Slipknot – All Hope is Gone. Two great singles; "Psychosocial" and "All Hope is Gone" hit the radio before the album even dropped and those songs had me hooked. Oddly enough, there are even Slipknot ballads which sound more like Stone Sour songs. You can't blame their desire to round themselves out a bit because they include gut busting songs like "Butcher’s Hook". This is the kind of song that mass murderers use to psych themselves up for some bloodshed.

» MP3: All Hope is Gone

8: Beck – Modern Guilt. Beck has been hit or miss with me for the last few years, but this latest record brings me back to the days of Odelay. His 10th album has a distinct '60s feel to it with some great harmonies and heavy guitar.

» YouTube: Gamma Ray

7: Sam Roberts – Love at the End of the World. This could very well be Sam's best album. The first single "Them Kids Don’t Know How To Dance to Rock & Roll" speaks to the decrepit old man that lives inside of me. Great live band too. If I didn’t include this I’m sure Lindsay would kill me.

» YouTube: Detroit '67

6: Kings of Leon – Only By the Light. I had only listened to the Kings of Leon a few times over the last few years and I'm not ashamed to admit that I took notice along with the rest of the world when I was given a copy of their new disc. Great vocals and killer guitar.

» Album Stream: Last.FM

5: Arkells – Jackson Square. A new band out of the Hamilton area, I believe. I first heard them in Toronto back in September and they blew me away with their live show. A great rock record for a first album. Sounds like early Bruce Springsteen with a little Big Sugar thrown in.

» Music Stream: MySpace

4: Offspring – Rise & Fall, Rage & Grace. Offspring gets a pretty bad rap from almost every other person alive. I may be one of the two people that still likes them, but I'm cool with that. Other than Pink's "So What", their two singles "Hammerhead" and "You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid" may have been the two most fun songs I heard this year. Can I take a moment and tell you how much I enjoyed that Pink song? Friggin' awesome.

» YouTube: Hammerhead

3: Sloan – Parallel Play. This album was a little more toned down that the 30 track 2007 release Never Hear the End of It. Only 13 tracks this time. The first single and album opener "Believe" is a classic Sloan song if I ever heard one. Very familiar guitar riffs, but that’s what makes Sloan the band that they are. Could very well be the most unmistakable Canadian rock band out there. Next to say…Rush.

» MP3: I'm Not A Kid Anymore

2: The Trews – No Time For Later. I don’t think anybody thought I’d put this at number two instead of number one. It’s not my favourite of the Trews’ albums but it is the best one musically. The bitchin' first single "Hold Me in Your Arms" deserves a spot in Guitar Hero and the addition of a keyboard player to the band brings out a little more to songs like "Paranoid Freak", "I Can’t Stop Laughing", and "Man of Two Minds". The best song on the album is "Burning Wheels" and it was basically written to end off every live show. The Trews refer to it as their "Toys in the Attic".

» YouTube: Paranoid Freak

1: Raconteurs – Consolers of the Lonely. My favourite album of the year was only accentuated by their live performance at Toronto’s Kool Haus on June 2nd. The mix of Jack White’s seering guitar and screeching vocals and Brenden Benson bringing a polar opposite made for some bad ass rock tunes. From "Hold Up" the song that sounds like a speeding train down the rails, to the softer "Rich Kid Blues", Consolers of the Lonely is a sweet combo of rock and rhythm and an awesome CD for a road trip.

» Music Stream: MySpace

Honourable mentions: REM – Accelerate, Rise Against – Appeal to Reason, Disturbed – Indestructable and Britney Spears – Circus. Fuck yeah I liked her album.


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Ryan Marlow said...

I'd put Ratatat and TV On the Radio on my list! None of El-P's I'll Sleep When Your Dead? No Monkey? (I actually don't care.)

I'll be giving the stuff I hadn't heard of a good listen.

Anonymous said...

Nice list. I completely forgot about Midnight Juggernauts!!! I heard that once and never remembered who it was. Thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey guys, checked out your lists. Finally I get to hear The Trews, but I'm not hearing the awesomeness that you hear, Greg. :) Have any of you heard the Fleet Foxes album?

Sean said...

Yeah I've heard Fleet Foxes. I thought the album was good, maybe a little overrated though.

drewbacca said...

Sean, amen to Fleet Foxes being over-rated. They sound just like My Morning Jacket. I didn't see The Dodos on many lists this year, so good on ya for gettin it up there. I'll dig into the Ratatat.

Greg, hellz yeah on the Kings of Leon. I'd never listened before but that record is killer.

Anonymous said...

I havent' heard anyone's opinion on Fleet Foxes before, so I didn't have an expectation of the album before I listened to it. Mainly I like the vocals - very CSNY / Beach Boys. Not yet familiar with My Morning Jacket, but I'll check them out!

Kings of Leon rocks pretty hard, I agree. On the Hip-Hop side of things I liked Q-Tip's new album - the most Tribe-like of his three solo-albums yet.

Anonymous said...

Actually, the new Kings of Leon album is called Only By the Night...

Daniel said...

Hey guys, Don't pull the plug on this blog, i've only just discovered you !